Home Music Beyonce’s Hit Writer Gets a Hit of Her Own

Eons ago I broke the story that Beyonce‘s hit song, “If I Were A Boy,” was written by a ghost writer.


BC Jean, now 21, wrote the song with a producer friend. Then the producer sold the song to Beyonce behind Jean’s back. There was a scuffle over credits. BC Jean wound up getting $250,000 and a recording contract with RCA/J Records. Beyonce got to pretend she had something to do with writing the song.

Now at last comes BC Jean’s first single and it’s a smash. The song is called “Just a Guy.” It’s full of hooks. Thanks to the good work of Clive Davis protege Larry Jackson. This guy knows what he’s doing.

BC Jean’s single comes on September 14th. The album follows in early 2011.

You can also see her perform “If I Were a Boy” here.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
6 replies to this post
  1. Beyonce is not mentioned on the credits anymore because they removed her last minute because it was revealed that BC Jean and her producer friend wrote it. So last minute they decided to remove bey from the credits!!
    “If i were a boy” credits Beyonce as co-writer at one time!!

  2. If you check the credits of If I Were A Boy, Beyoncé is not mentioned as a writer, so this: “Beyonce got to pretend she had something to do with writing the song.” is pure bull$hit!

    That’s All

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